If you’re interested in learning more about wrongfully convicted prisoners who have been exonerated, check out the National Registry of Exonerations, a collaborative project of the law schools at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan.
It was launched in May 2012, providing a look at 873 known exonerations in the United States between 1989 and February 2012. As of December 2013, the site now documents 1,255 exonerations, including 23 former prisoners in Oklahoma.
According to the site, “The great majority of false convictions never result in exoneration. Exonerations are most common among defendants wrongly convicted of the most severe violent crimes – especially murder and rape – and for those sentenced to death, life in prison, or many years in custody. Even then, whether or not a falsely convicted defendant is exonerated often depends on sheer luck.”
Here’s a Dec. 2 Tulsa World article about the registry.